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Spotlight on Purewater/JC meet as 2016 track season begins

first_imgThe 2016 series of local development meets kicks off today with the staging of two development meets on the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA) calendar.In the Corporate Area, Jamaica College will host the 23rd staging of the Purewater/JC Invitational meet on the school’s grounds, Old Hope Road starting at 8:30 a.m.Out west at the Herbert Morrison High School First Chance meet gets under way at 9 a.m.Most attention will focus on a well supported JC meet. The is a qualifier for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships and athletes will be taking the opportunity to meet qualifying standards early. Meet director, Ian Forbes is very pleased with the support and is anticipating great competition.”More than 1500 athletes have entered and we expect high quality performances as this is an Olympic and World Junior Championships year,” Forbes said.He said entries have come in from all the top high school male and female teams. There will also be events for senior athletes from clubs and institutions.Several high schools have recruited new athletes during last summer and fans will get a chance to see who some of these athletes in action.Among the females are Janelle Fullerton and Rushelle Burton. Fullerton, who did well in the throws for Edwin Allen High last year, has moved to sixth form at St Jago High, while sprint hurdler Burton, formerly of St. Andrew High, has joined up with her former coach, Leacroft Bolt at Camperdown High School.SETTODETHRONECHAMPSJamaica College’s team will be closely watched as there are early whispers that they could be the team to dethrone defending champions Calabar at Champs this year. They have great depth in the field events with outstanding jumpers Obrien Wasome, Clayton Brown and Paketo Dudley among the likely leading performers.Top thrower, Vashon McCarthy, is also now eligible to represent the school after sitting out a full year after exiting Ascot High last year.Action will begin with the 3000m for girls. This will be followed by the boys’ 5000m. Other track events are the 100m, 800m and all sprint hurdles. In the field the events down to be contested are the long, high, and triple jumps along with the discus, shot put and pole vault.last_img read more

Vipers start league defence at home to Ndejje as fixtures are released

first_img Tags: ndejje universityStarTimes UPLvipers sc Vipers are the reigning league champions (file photo)Defending Uganda Premier league champions Vipers SC will start their title defence at home to newly-promoted side Ndejje University.This was confirmed after the 2018/19 league fixtures were finally released just days to its (league) start.The game at home to Ndejje will be the first to be played at the newly refurbished St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende.The stadium has been undergoing a major make-over in the past three months after it was deemed unfavourable for international games.It’s playing surface has been upgraded from natural grass to Astroturf in an attempt to making it more modern, something which has been approved by FUFA.The other seven matches on day one will see giants KCCA play at home to Tooro United (former Soana), URA hosts Paidha Black Angels, SC Villa will play away to Kirinya Jinja SS while Onduparaka hosts newly promoted Nyamityobora FC.Elsewhere on the same day, Mbarara City will host Express FC at a yet to be named venue after the Fufa Club Licensing Committee are yet to approve Kakyeeka stadium.The other game on Friday will see Bright Stars host new-look Maroons while Police will host Bul in their first game the following day in the only game on Saturday.The Full fixture lists of match-day One:Friday, 28-09-2018KCCA FC vs Tooro United, Lugogo.URA FC vs Paidah Black Angles, NambooleVipers SC vs Ndejje University, KitendeBright Stars vs Maroons FC, MwererweKirinya JSS vs SC Villa, JinjaOnduparaka vs Nyamityobora, AruaMbarara City vs Express FC (Venue yet to be named)Saturday, 29-09-2018Police FC vs Bul FC, LugogoComments last_img read more

South Africa brings IRB trophy home

first_imgThe victorious South African Kings havelived up to the country’s continuing dominance in international rugby. Siyanda Grey sprints forward to scorehis record-breaking sixth try in the 2011 IRB Nations Cup.(Photos: Dan Marinescu, IRB Nations Cup) MEDIA CONTACTS • Yusuf Jackson   Saru media manager  +27 82 739 7733 RELATED ARTICLES • Rugby World Cup: back the Boks • SA national netballers head for Asia • New drive to spark local sports frenzy • Bright future for FNB stadium • SAB wins big, greens BoksLyndon JafthaIt was their first tour abroad, and they did not come home empty-handed. On their way to winning the 2011 International Rugby Board (IRB) Nations Cup, the South African Kings remained undefeated throughout the tournament and ended top of the table with 13 points.Their opening game was an emphatic 31-17 triumph against a tough Georgian squad and their final match ended in just as sweet a victory when they trounced a wilting Portuguese side 39-12.“Like all teams participating in the competition we came here aiming to win,” said head coach Alan Solomons. He said that some of the players had never travelled overseas before, and that overall it was a rewarding experience for everyone.The South African Kings replaced the Emerging Springboks, who won the 2007 and 2008 tournaments, as the country’s representatives at the 2011 IRB Nations Cup, held in Bucharest, Romania.The entire 27-man team for this year, except for one player, was drawn from the Eastern Province Kings franchise, which makes its base at the multipurpose Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.Second and third place winners of the 2011 tournament were Georgia and Argentina. Georgia beat Namibia to finish second and the Jaguars beat Romania, coming in third place.Solid team performanceThe win at the Arcul de Triumf Stadium in Bucharest was not an easy one. Both sides struggled in the heat, and the Kings missed the presence of their eighth man Luke Watson, who was taken ill.But when the final whistle blew it was the Kings that emerged victorious, thanks to a solid team performance.A brace of tries from front row men, Namibian-born Jaco Engels and New Zealander Clint Newland, in the first half gave them the edge straight away. Their opponents fought back, with second rowers Eduardo Acosta and Juan Severino each diving over the try-line.It was, however, the third South African try by blindside flanker Jacques Potgieter that put the Kings back in the lead. In a first for the tournament since the inaugural event in 2006, Potgieter’s effort also took the total points scored in IRB Nations Cup games past 2 000.In the second half the men in South African colours pressed on ruthlessly, with centre Siyanda Grey, an experienced Sevens player, scoring two well-deserved tries. He took his personal total for the tournament to six, the highest not only for this year, but in IRB Nations Cup history.Although they tried their best to regain control, the side from Portugal were unable to prevent the game from slipping away from them. Portuguese coach Errol Brain, a former All Black player, admitted that his boys had gone off track in the second half.“We started to ignore the game plan, which we adhered to in the first half, and started to run laterally instead of running straight.”Brain added that the heat had sapped his players’ strength, and there were a couple of silly mistakes, but conceded that the best team won on the day.Kings captain and Sevens veteran Mzwandile Stick, thrilled at the win, stated that the team had wobbled in the first half, but a pep talk at half time had given them fresh inspiration.Delighted for his team, Stick said: “It was very hot and this was a very intense, physical tournament.”Sport developmentThe IRB Nations Cup, which is regarded as important preparation for the Rugby World Cup, kicked off in 2006. The inaugural tournament was held in Lisbon and was won by Argentina’s A team, also known as the Jaguars.The tournament is one of several held by the world rugby body as part of its international strategic investment programme. It gives top tier A sides that extra bit of competition, and also provides more opportunities for emerging second and third tier nations, such as Georgia, Namibia, Romania, Russia and Portugal. The tournament is held annually and comprises six teams.last_img read more

African punks: 5 bands you should be listening to

first_imgPunk rock, despite its northern hemisphere origins, has a lot in common with the African creative philosophy: its do-it-yourself, community-based collaborative culture, outspoken social consciousness and youthful exuberance. Even at its most elemental level, the music itself, it can be argued, has a very African aesthetic: raw and rhythmic, yet deceptively complex.Soweto-based punk band TCIYF is one of the rising stars in the South African punk rock scene. With aggressive riffs and lots of typical punk attitude, the band have played to diverse audiences around Gauteng, and are looking to make an impact internationally. (Image: TCIYF Facebook page)CD AndersonIt’s no surprise then, that there has been a growing trend of punk music coming out of the continent, challenging the status quo of traditional genres such as jazz and indigenous music.While most of this young emerging talent remains untapped in garages and practice rooms from Cape Town to Cairo, there have been a few breakout bands that are making waves with good old fashioned punk rock, thanks in part to internet platforms such as music website Bandcamp and video channel YouTube.TCIYF#TCIYF— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) July 13, 2016This Soweto band embodies everything that is real punk: short, brutal songs with in-your-face lyrics, all performed with an urgency and aggression that harks back to the genesis of the New York punk explosion in the 1970s. The OkayAfrica pop culture website says the band is “true to their spirit. They don’t surrender, they don’t compromise and that’s their beauty.”They also sing about giving their grandmothers Tupperware. TCIYF have yet to release a full album, but their YouTube channel is a popular starting off point for fans of the Ramones, New York Dolls and Sex Pistols.Watch:MonaMozambique’s Mona sing socially conscious but uplifting pop punk in English and Portuguese. They have a huge youth following despite the relatively small rock music scene in Mozambique’s urban areas. The band even run their own music label, giving other up and-coming bands from the region exposure through online social media and video channels.Watch:Chikwata 263Formed in 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe, Chikwata mix bubbly ska-punk rhythms with traditional folk, jazz and even hip-hop elements, calling it “mbira punk”. Their irreverent sound mixes languages and genres to create idiosyncratic but energetic live performances, both in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Their debut album, Chauya, is available to buy on their website.Watch:Crystal AxisWith a more alternative, post-punk feel, Crystal Axis have been around since 2009 and have become an underground cult hit among young Kenyans. The band are currently on hiatus, but their debut EP is still available on their Bandcamp site, offering dark and spirited choruses and proficient musicianship.The band embodies a true punk DIY spirit, making and selling their own merchandise, music videos and communicating directly with their fans.Watch:The Brother Moves OnWhile considered more of a performance art-funk-maskandi-pop band, the philosophy of The Brother Moves On is very much punk rock, with lyrics full of politically charged vitriol and honest social commentary.Their musically sophisticated and enthusiastic live performances are iconic in South Africa’s underground live music scene, and they have performed to critical acclaim at festivals such as Oppikoppi and the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The band hope to tour Europe in 2016-17.Watch:Source: OkayAfrica, BandcampWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

3 Ways to Host Your Own Delicious Alternative

first_imgScrumptious is a CouchDB based Delicious-clone by Jan-Piet Mens. It supports importing Delicious bookmarks. It doesn’t have the sort of radical decentralization of Twebz (Update: that’s actually an inherent feature of CouchDB’s replication) – , but it’s a start. You can grab the code from GitHub.Bonus: Ma.gnolia?Update: Here’s the gnolia / magnolia code on Github. Thanks Adam!Ill-fated Delicious competitor Ma.gnolia released its code back in 2008. The company closed its doors this year and now its open source home seems to be down. Is the code still floating around anywhere? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Yesterday we all thought Delicious was about to go the way of Ma.gnolia. For those that don’t remember, Ma.gnolia was a Delicious competitor that suffered a massive data loss and eventually shut down entirely. It now looks like Delicious will live on, but it remains uncertain where or in what form.The uncertainty about Delicious’s future has lead to many looking for alternatives, and several blogs have posted lists of various hosted alternatives like Diigo and Pinboard. But there’s another alternative: host your own Web-based bookmarking service. Here are three open source projects that you can install on your own server or cloud provider. Keep local backups, and you don’t have ever have to worry about a service being shutdown again. Please feel free to list other self-hosted alternatives in the comments.Scuttle Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Selficious is a new Python-based personal web bookmarking application very similar to Delicious. It’s designed for just one person to stash their bookmarks on a web server.Scrumptious Tags:#cloud#saas Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Scuttle is an open source PHP and MySQL based Delicious-clone that’s been in development since 2005. It supports multiple users, so you could host a copy of it and let all your friends or co-workers use it.Selficious klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Redbox Planning a Streaming Movie Service to Compete With Netflix

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#news#NYT#web audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Movie rental company Redbox is planning to launch a subscription-based streaming service. The L.A. Times reports that during a meeting with analysts yesterday, Redbox President Mitch Lowe confirmed the company’s plans to expand beyond its movie rental kiosks.That would put Redbox head-to-head with Netflix, which recently announced it had surpassed 20 million subscribers and is also working on shifting its business from the disc shipping to the Internet-streaming business. Indeed, customers are increasingly turning to the Web to watch movies, rather than to DVDs. It’s been known for quite some time Redbox would eventually make this move into movie streaming, and its owner company Coinstar said as much last year. Redbox has been gauging its customers’ interest in a streaming plan, asking in a survey last year if they would be interested in a $3.95 per month subscription plan. That means that for those who rent four or more movies from Redbox a month (at its current $1 per film rate), that’s a good deal – and quite competitive with Netflix’s subscription plan.Despite Redbox’s confirmation that a streaming service is in the works, its partners in the endeavor have not been identified. According to the L.A. Times, “several people familiar with the matter have confirmed that is in talks with studios to acquire content for a Netflix-like subscription movie streaming service set to launch soon, making it a likely candidate to be Redbox’s partner.” Earlier this year, Amazon acquired the European rental and streaming service LoveFilm. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

7,303 Free 4K Videos and Counting

first_imgA lot of video editors have never had a chance to work with 4K footage. Here are some places you can get stock 4K footage to experiment with or use in your projects.Want to experiment with editing 4K footage? Need some additional footage for a 4K project? Here are some great sources for free 4K footage.1. Mitch MartinezPhiladelphia-based director of photography Mitch Martinez recently released over 1,500 stock footage clips. Over 35 categories of 4K footage can be downloaded for free.The clips can be used for film and commercial applications of any size, as long as you attain a release form. The footage has been used in all sorts of productions, including features like Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.The full 4K library is fully donation based, not corporate sponsored. All donations go towards maintaining the resources and adding new content. ProRes and RED files are available for purchase.Visit Mitch’s website to see all of the available 4K footage. 4. RocketStockNot only does RocketStock sell and give away Free After Effects templates, they give away all sorts of stuff. They recently released a 4K Light Leaks pack.Check out their Free Stuff tab. They put up new project files every month. Other OptionsIf you’re looking for high quality 4K footage to use in your next professional commercial or film check out the selection over at Shutterstock. While they may not be free they do offer HD and 4K footage for all your project needs. Shutterstock is a great resource if you’re looking for a very specific clip.Do you already edit 4K footage? Are you looking at starting to shoot 4K? Is there a site we missed? Let us know in the comments below. 2. Iris 32Frederick Tschernutter has donated the best of his 4K footage for free. The goal is to “enjoy, create and enrich mankind.” Thousands of 4K UHD clips are available for any private or commercial project.All shot on the RED ONE and RED EPIC, the 4K footage can be used under a Creative Commons license. All distribution rights are included.The only restriction: reselling of single or multiple clips is forbidden, specifically on footage platforms.It has taken me 7 years, a broken leg and thousands of hours to produce the content I am sharing freely with you, so please add the following credit, whenever possible.Attribution CC BY 4.0 – Author and film maker: Copyright 2014, Frederick TschernutterTo download in full 4K resolution, click on the link in the description of each video. Tschernutter also thanks his fellow filmmakers; Helmut Strasser, Theodoros Nicolaides, Richard and Ronan Saretta, and Mark Whatmore.You can view their library on YouTube or download from the Iris32 website. 3. VidevoVidevo offers free clips in 4K and 1080p. You can use all the clips in any commercial or non-commercial project. Like the other sites, they just ask that you don’t resell the footage or, “we will be very angry with you, and we will tell your parents.”If you feel like contributing, you can also upload your own footage. The clips will be verified by a moderator and then made available for download.The only thing they ask in return is that you share your experience on social media before you download. That’s the only catch. Visit the Videvo website for more.last_img read more

Backache fails to deter Sudhir from ‘lifting’ bronze

first_imgSudhir Kumar kept the Indian flag flying high at the Commonwealth Games as he lifted a total of 297kg to win bronze in the men’s 77kg weightlifting at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday. Sudhir lifted 131kg in his first attempt at snatch but failed to lift 136kg in his second and third attempts.In clean and jerk, he lifted 161kg in the first attempt and 166kg in the second, but failed to lift 171kg in his final attempt, thereby ending up in the third spot. Sudhir said it was mixed day for him. “It was a good day as I won a medal but it was a bad day as far as my performance is concerned,” he said. Sudhir said his snatch round was ‘pathetic’ because if he had lifted a good weight, he would definitely have won gold. “I had no pressure to perform well but I had a back injury. I am happy that at least I won the medal.”Weightlifting coach Harnam Singh admitted Sudhir’s performance was not good. “This medal was really unexpected but we got it. Sudhir did not perform well but something is better than nothing,” he said. Yukio Peter of Nauru won gold with a combined total of 333kg after a snatch of 148kg and clean and jerk of 185kg. Australia’s Ben Turner bagged silver by lifting a total weight of 308kg.Nigerian Felix Cobham Ekpo matched Peter with 148kg in snatch, but the Nauruan beat the competition when he opened the clean and jerk with a lift of 185kg to set a new Commonwealth Games record. Turner, who won gold in the 69kg division in Melbourne, was at his best. He lifted 133kg in snatch and 175kg in clean and jerk. Nauru coach and the Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation secretary general Paul Coffa said it was not their best show.advertisement”He could have done better as he is in great form these days. Before coming to the Delhi Games, he had a minor injury and may be that is why he could not perform well,” Coffa said.last_img read more

How do cheergirls help cricket, PSC asks BCCI

first_imgHow do cheergirls promote the cause of cricket? Why are players auctioned like “gladiators” in IPL system of cricket?Hyderabad IPL team cheergirls.These were some of the questions that members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance posed to top BCCI officials, including its president Shashank Manohar, secretary N Srinivasan and IPL commissioner Chirayu Amin during a hearing on financial transactions related to the conduct of IPL.While the BCCI top brass claimed that IPL would help the cause of cricket and attract more talent, it was at loss to explain the role of cheergirls, sources said.It is learnt that the BCCI officials put the onus of introducing the concept on sacked IPL chief Lalit Modi.Some of the members of the committee, headed by BJP MP Yashwant Sinha, also questioned the concept of auctioning the players like “gladiators”. They said it reminded them of the Roman empire when men were sold to bidders on the basis of their physical strength.Manohar, Srinivasan and Amin were quizzed by the MPs for about two-and-a-half hours about the alleged FEMA violations.The BCCI was asked about the funding pattern of the highly popular IPL and the methods adopted for payment to foreign and Indian players.The committee also sought details of the expenses incurred on the conduct of the second edition of the tournament in South Africa in 2009. The IPL was held in South Africa in 2009 due to a clash of dates with the general elections in India.With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more